Sonidos de la Frontera: Music across Borders and Time

Music has little respect for borders
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 2:30pm to Friday, February 7, 2020 - 2:30pm

Sonidos de la Frontera: Music across Borders and Time

Music has little respect for borders.

It rides on air and infiltrates our bodies and minds. It mixes and recombines styles and genres, replicating through similarity and difference, location and kinship. It crosses boundaries, brings people together. It pierces the stupid walls of idiot men.

Arhoolie Foundation's Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings comprises over 125,000 commercially produced recordings of music spanning from the early 1900s to the 1990s. With funding from Los Tigres del Norte Fund and hosted on the UCLA Digital Library, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and UCLA Library partnered with Arhoolie to bring their digitization project online and make it more widely available for research and preservation. This collection is the largest repository of its kind in existence. This exhibition highlights the breadth of the collection, discussing the history of music and the ways history is represented in music. Utilizing materials from over a dozen of the CSRC’s archival collections, the exhibition offers a gateway to the Strachwitz Frontera Collection’s vast and invaluable holdings.

Exhibit curated by Doug Johnson, organized by Xaviera Flores, and Matthew Vest, and supported by the UCLA Music Library and the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive. Yuri Shimoda developed the digital exhibit and design, Nick Carlozzi contributed to the exhibit case installation and digital editing, and Doug Daniels managed the exhibit materials printing.

The exhibit is installed just outside of the Music Library in the atrium of the Schoenberg Music Building and the listening station is found in the entry to the UCLA Music Library. The online exhibit can be found at


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